Original Theatre Company stream The Croft and The Habit of Art online following cancellations due to the Coronavirus lockdown

In light of the closure of theatres across the UK due to COVID-19, the Original Theatre Company’s productions of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art and Ali Milles’s The Croft, both of which were touring the UK, will now each have an online launch performance: THE HABIT OF ART on Thursday 26 March at 8:15pm and THE CROFT on Friday 27 March at 7:30pm. The performances are available to pre-order now. The videos will then be available to watch online until 2 June 2020.

Originally due to be performed at the Belgrade from 15-18 April, The Croft is a spine-chilling new play by Ali Milles, starring BAFTA nominee Gwen Taylor. Set in the deserted Scottish village of Coillie Ghille, this gripping thriller tells the story of two women who head to a former crofter’s hut in the highlands for a break away from the frantic pace of 21st century life.

But their getaway takes a turn when stories of the croft’s historical inhabitants begin to come to light. As ancient tales of women searching for love in the face of great danger intertwine with current events, questions are raised about whether the present can ever really heal the past.

Meanwhile, Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play The Habit of Art centres on an imagined meeting between the poet W. H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten, starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland as actors taking on these leading roles. Exploring friendship, rivalry, heartache and the emotional cost of creativity, the production was previously staged at the Belgrade in November 2018. Now audiences will have another chance to watch the show when it is broadcast online.

Both shows will be available to watch online until 2 June, and audiences will also be able to access digital programmes and backstage videos as part of the package. Both plays are recommended for audiences aged 13 and over.